Prosecutors recommend cannabis kingpin spend 27 months in prison

May 23, 2022


Federal prosecutors laid out more details of San Luis Obispo County cannabis kingpin Helios Dayspring’s illegal activities as they recommended a 27-month sentence for bribery and tax evasion.

Dayspring pled guilty in 2021 to bribing San Luis Obispo County Supervisor Adam Hill and for cheating on his taxes. As part of a plea agreement, he agreed to pay restitution to the IRS and cooperate in the government’s ongoing investigation. He is scheduled to be sentenced Friday in District Court in Los Angeles.

Adam Hill sought bribes from Dayspring, the defendant’s memorandum revealed.

“As the government is aware, the evidence showed that County Supervisor 1 solicited Mr. Dayspring for things like rent, claiming his wife had left him and he couldn’t afford to pay his rent, and for medicinal cannabis for his sick dog, playing on Mr. Dayspring’s love of animals and especially sick dogs,” according to Dayspring’s legal team.

In his plea agreement, Dayspring admitted paying Hill multiple bribes in cash and money orders totaling $32,000. But prosecutors report that the value of bribes was over $32,000. The sentencing recommendation disclosed that Dayspring is responsible for between $95,000 and $150,000 in bribes.

“His lofty ambitions drove him to bribe a SLO County supervisor with tens of thousands in cash to advance and protect his cannabis growing operations, offer to bribe a mayor for cannabis distribution permits, and conceal over $9 million in income on his tax returns,” according to prosecutors in their sentencing recommendation. “Defendant did this all with the intent to become the cannabis king of San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties.”

Supervisor Adam Hill

Federal agents confronted Dayspring after a multi-year investigation. Dayspring “accepted responsibility for his actions and assisted the government in its investigation,” prosecutors wrote.

“With these factors in mind, the government’s recommended sentence – 27 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release – is sufficient, but not greater than necessary, to adequately punish and deter,” they said.

Dayspring wore a wire in conversation with a public official, court documents revealed. But he was not able to get the official to admit wrong doing. Additionally, investigators informed Dayspring of an unsubstantiated death threat against him and told him to be on the alert.

Dayspring is asking to serve his sentence in home detention followed by 36 months probation. Dayspring also agreed to 500 hours community service, outpatient substance abuse treatment and to pay all taxes.

Dayspring has asked the court to take into account his entire life history, his attempts at rehabilitation, his substantial assistance to the corruption investigation, potential threats to his life and his public humiliation, as the judge determines whether he will serve time in federal prison.

Dayspring was the youngest of six children raised by a single mom, according to the defendant’s memorandum. His family life was erratic, with the children at times placed in foster care. While in the 10th grade, Dayspring dropped out of school and began working.

“It is respectfully requested that the court consider the totality of Mr. Dayspring’s life in determining what is an appropriate and necessary sentence to impose,” according to the memorandum. “Helios is, and always will be, ashamed by his actions, is extremely remorseful, took a number of corrective actions prior to learning he was under investigation, and has spent the past two and a half years making amends for his actions.”

After learning of the federal investigation and in response to the negative media reports, Dayspring reports he suffered from depression and health issues.

“As a result of the tremendous stress this case has occasioned, Mr. Dayspring’s health has worsened markedly,” according to the memorandum. “Helios has been overweight, for at least the past decade, but over the past two years his weight has ballooned to over 300 pounds and he was diagnosed recently as suffering from Crohn’s disease.”

Dayspring, who had dreamed of being on the cover of Forbes Magazine as the richest man in California, would not let anything get in the way of his goal of building a “cannabis empire,” according to court documents.

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There should be someone at Cal Coast News to proof read the articles before being published. Surely the prosecutor is pushing for 27 YEARS in prison.

Sadly, 27 months is correct.

Everybody working the investigation and working in the courtroom at minimum smoked weed while growing up when it was illegal in all states. When in college I’d be willing to bet they smoked some more weed and possibly some other illegal drugs . . Those same folks also fudged on their tax returns …Basically it is just a giant circus of who gets caught or the fox guarding the hen house

If he gets 27 months in the pen he’ll come out with another mil by dealing inside.

Not one bit of sympathy for this cowardly low-life drug dealer. The only positives is that he might bring corrupt cowardly politicians and a judge down with him.

Lets hope this extremely light sentence recommendation is in exchange for detailed information on all the other officials involved in taking bribes.

I can not forget those who have been damaged by the empowerment and behavior of these people. In my limited opinion the proposed judgement is saying, “restitution will be paid for the lost tax revenue and for those who have been damaged, the living convicted will be penalized with jail time at the expense of the taxpayers”. The living convicted of this fiasco is just one?

~ One bribe does not a cannabis shop make ~

Now we’re to believe ex-newly re-elected mayor Heidi, who resigned mid scandal wasn’t involved? And, the judge who resigned (also freshly re-elected), decided to quit immediately after? Suddenly only the dead guy took bribes? The fact that Adam Hill was allowed to openly stain everything he touched along with his sidekick/girlfriend/wife, the gift card grifter for so long says everything. She knows where the real bodies are buried and now receives a handsome pension for her Involvement. A 24 month recommended Sentence means only one year. So worth it to rake in millions of dollars. We saw it when the city Council was schmoozing up to yet another conman developer, Ryan Petetit, now known as Ryan Wright, who after violently assaulting his former girlfriend, it took four years to see Pettit sentenced. Charged with five Felonies, including failure to appear, Wright grabbed her by the throat and began choking her. He then dragged her to her feet and shoved her head through a bathroom window, shattering the glass.She attempted to escape, but Wright took her phone and pushed her into a closet, refusing to release her. While she fought to free herself, Wright slammed her head into the tile floor, knocking her unconscious.

Arroyo Grande police officers arrested Wright

a few days later….

It took four years for our “justice system” to hand him a paltry 270 days = 135 days for good behavior, where he almost got to spend at a pay to play jail. 135 days in jail. DA who’s notoriously absent when it comes crimes against women.

Multiple affiliates of Wright and then partner Belsher claim Hill worked as a “paid consultant” for the developers working to promote their projects. Even though Hill identified himself on documents filed with the state as the “managing member” of a limited liability corporation tied to Belsher and Wright, Hill repeatedly denied that he worked with the developers. Wright/Peteit & his partner valued their company over a $300 million and we’re bouncing checks for $29,000. SLO loves Schmoozing up to money even when it’s a fraud.

Here’s the best part, seven years later, he is now free and living in Los Angeles. Tell me again how crime doesn’t pay, unless you’re in politics or connected to them. Wright and his partner valued their company over $300 million and we’re bouncing checks for $29,000. SLO bought it.

I’d like to know what kind of deal Judge Garrett got. She made the decision to advance Natural Healing Center from #7 on the list to the top, it’s like she disappeared from the th face of the earth. Does anyone have some info,

I thought cannabis was supposed to help with depression and weight gain?

You’re confusing Psilocybin (for depression) and amphetamines (for weight loss) with cannabis.

Your confusing all of it with his evilness and coming demise.

The prosecutors must be scared of him. NO justice anymore!

I don’t know why the prosecutors would be afraid of him? He will squeal until there’s nothing left to exhale.

Second to last paragraph.

That’s what being evil does. It slowly kills you. Hopefully he will disappear like Adam Hill.

He hasn’t changed. It’s only a matter of time. Patience.